GRITTY WIN FOR CITY
City turned in a great second half performance to come
from behind to beat League One side Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough last
night in the first round of the LDV Vans Trophy.
Manager Ian Rush gave full debuts
goal, youngster Robbie Booth from the youth team and Richard Hope who signalled
City’s fightback with a second half equaliser.
Kevin Ellison with a terrific
25-yarder, two minutes after Hope’s effort, proved to be the match winner
as City completed their comeback after Steve MacLean had opened the scoring for
the Owls on 29 minutes.
TROPHY ACTION FOR CITY
travel to League One side Sheffield Wednesday
for a first round LDV Vans Trophy game (kick-off 19:45hrs). It’s not clear
Kevin McIntyre or Michael Branch will feature in the side.
Manager Ian Rush was basing his decision on whether to include them or not after
yesterday’s training session. Cortez Belle sits out the last game of
recent record in the competition is poor and we’ve
only passed the first round stage
on one occasion
in the last eight years, in 2000/01 when Paul Carden’s
goal defeated Hull City. Chester’s
best performance came in
they reached the Northern Final before losing 2-1 on
aggregate to Mansfield Town.
Home side Wednesday will be parading
new manager Paul Sturrock, appointed last week, and
are expected be unchanged folowing their 3-0 win at
CITY MAKE THEIR POINT
A second goal of the season for Kevin Ellison brought
City a point from a hard fought contest at Lincoln City. Ellison’s
equaliser, against a club he played 13 games for last season,
came in controversial circumstances as he fired home an indirect free-kick
in the penalty area with
Lincoln players claiming the ball hit no one on its way into the net.
Once again the Blues were without
the services of both Michael Branch and Kevin McIntyre
and gave a place on the bench to 19-year-old youth team
player Robbie Booth. The game also marked the debut of
Richard Hope. Hope, signed from York City in the summer,
surprisingly played up front as a lone striker for the
final 25 minutes.
ELLISON FACES SUSPENSION
Kevin Ellison picked up his fifth
yellow card of the season on Saturday (for celebrating
his goal) and is now due a one match suspension from 2/10/04
which would mean him missing Saturday’s home game
against Swansea City.
INJURY PROBLEMS FOR CITY
Kevin McIntyre (eye infection) and Michael Branch (hamstring) are doubtful for
tomorrow’s trip to Lincoln City. Blues
boss Ian Rush will also be without the suspended Cortez Belle, Daryl Clare
who continues to recover from his hernia operation, and Andy watson who is yet
to pull on a City shirt since his summer signing.
After a poor start to the
season, City under Rush are looking to extend their unbeaten run to four games
agains The Imps who currently lie just above them in League Two. Like bottom
club Notts County, Lincoln are without
victory to their name this season.
Former City player Michael Blackwood misses the game for the home side with a
goalkeeper Bill Shortt died recently in Plymouth aged
83. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.
Read an obituary to Bill here.
City’s reserves lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury
Town reserves in their Pontins League Holiday Cup Group Six game this afternoon.
for the Blues. City may still progress though, they have one fixture to
play in the group of three at Wrexham. The game will take place on Wednesday
Midfielder Alan Navarro has returned
to Prenton Park following his one month loan spell from
HARRIERS DATE CHANGE
Chester’s home match with
Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday 19 October has been
put back seven
days to the 26th, kick-off 19:45hrs. This is to allow
Ian Rush and Mark Aizlewood to take charge of the Wales
U17 side who play the Netherlands two days after the
original date in a UEFA U17 Championship Qualifier.
Entrance to Hillsborough for next
Wednesday’s LDV Vans Trophy first round game against
Sheffield Wednesday will be £10.00 for adults, and
£5.00 for juniors. Anyone wishing to travel on the
official supporters’ coach should call Barrie Hipkiss
as soon as possible on 01244 379011 (between 19:00hrs
and 21:00hrs). The coach leaves Delamere Street at 16:00hrs
and costs £10.00 per seat.
EXILES PREDICTION COMPETITION
There’s just ten days left
now to get you entry in for the popular Exiles Prediction
Competition. There’s a guaranteed £100 first
prize to be had with cash prizes for second and third
place as well. More details here.
19 September 2004
City and Cambridge United
fought out a 0-0 draw at Deva Stadium yesterday.
The Blues had plenty of the possession but it was
the visitors who were twice denied by the woodwork
in a hard-fought
21st, one place above their opponents in League Two.
Striker Darryn Stamp started his first senor game
and, with Michael Branch still recovering from a
hamstring injury, and Daryl Clare his hernia operation,
was partnered up front by Kevin Rapley.
Shaun Whalley, a 17-year-old striker who has played for the Youth and Reserve
teams this season, made his first-team debut coming on from the bench with ten
remaining to replace Stamp.
YOUTH TEAM WIN
Two goals from Ian Lathom
and one from Gavin Lynch helped City’s
Youth team to a 3-2 home win over Mansfield Town
Youth in the Youth Alliance
North Central Conference. Chester City: Brookfield, Owens, Lathom, Ventre,
Rutherford, Salkeld, Lynch (Morgan (McCoy)), Walsh (Rollinson), Wade.
team fixtures and
PLAYERS STAR FOR GREAT BRITAIN
Two players from the Chester City youth squad were members
of the Great Britain team at the World Catholic games in Malta recently. James
Scales and David McCoy made significant contributions to the British side and
medals as the British Under 17 team finished runners-up to hosts Malta.
route to the final the British team beat Holland 4-0, with McCoy scoring
one of the
goals, and Spain ‘B’ 1-0. In the semi-finals they again defeated
Spain ‘A’ but
lost 1-0 to Malta in the final. Congratulations
to both youngsters.
Seven team took part in the
tournament played at the St Aloysius Football Pitch,
Malta. The final results were:
|Netherlands ‘A’ 0
|Spain ‘A’ 0
|Netherlands ‘A’ 1
|Spain ‘A’ 0
|Spain ‘A’ 2
|Netherlands ‘A’ 0
|Netherlands ‘B’ 0
|Great Britain 4
|Netherlands ‘B’ 1
|Spain ‘B’ 5
|Great Britain 1
|Spain ‘B’ 0
|Spain ‘B’ 1 (aet)
|Great Britain 2
|Spain ‘A’ 0
|Great Britain 0
The club have announced two new
appointments. Clive Goodyear is the new physiotherapist
and will start his duties tomorrow. Goodyear, a qualified
sports scientist, is an ex-Luton Town, Cardiff City and
Wimbledon player and was part of the Dons famous 1988
FA Cup winning side. Former England and Manchester City
keeper Joe Corrigan has been appointed a goalkeeping coach
at the club, he has previously performed a similar role
BRANCH SET TO RETURN
Branch is recovering from a hamstring strain and is expected to be in tomorrow’s
squad that faces Cambridge United at Deva Stadium. Fellow striker Darryn
Stamp looks set to return to the side after his
recovery from an achilles injury picked up in the pre-season.
Stamp came on for
the final few minutes at Glanford Park last Saturday and started, and scored,
City’s 1-0 Cheshire Cup win at Witton Albion on Monday. Two players
missing tomorrow are Kevin McIntyre who is suffering from an eye infection
begins a three match ban following his red card last week.
RUSH FOR WALES?
Just two weeks after taking
charge at City, manager Ian Rush is being linked
with the soon-to-be-vacated
managerial post with Wales.
Despite his lack of managerial
experience, Rush is many peoples choice to take over
from Mark Hughes who vacates the post in two matches
time. Other candidates for the post are expected to
include Sir Bobby Robson, Bryan Flynn, John Toshack
City chairman Steve Vaughan says the club won’t
stand in Rush’s way should he be offered the
position, he said: “It would be typical of
Chester City if Ian was to leave, just when we were
even keel again. But we wouldn’t stand
in his way if he was offered the job and decided
he wanted it. I suppose he could
do both jobs, but we would have to see how it panned
DANNY IN DEMAND
Steve Vaughan has received two firm offers for defender Danny Collins, and
had an enquiry about his services from a third. Both Sheffield United and
Sunderland have tabled bids for the promising defender who was signed by
Town in December 2001. Collins, initially signed as a striker, spent a successful
at Vauxhall Motors two years ago in the heart of their defence that went
on to famously knock
QPR out of the FA Cup. He returned to City and has been a virtual ever-present
since, missing only one game last season through injury. Danny has made 70+5
appearances for the Blues.
Vaughan said: “I
am not prepared to divulge how much those bids were, but we are trying to
build a squad at this club and not dismantle it. We are backing Ian Rush.
If he wishes to sell a player we will back him, and if he wants to buy players
we will also back him. We have a top young manager at Chester City and any
decision regarding transfers in or out of players will be left totally up
CITY WIN THROUGH
A first minute goal from Darryn Stamp gave Chester a 1-0
victory at Witton Albion last night in the first round of the Cheshire Senior
Cup. The side consisted mainly of reserve and youth team players and was played
in front of a crowd of 245. Joining City in round 2 are: Hyde United, Altrincham,
Town, Vauxhall Motors, Stalybridge Celtic, Crewe Alexandra and Tranmere Rovers.
Nantwich Town 1 Congleton Town 0
Winsford United 1 Cammell laird 3
Cheadle Town 2 Alsager Town 3
Witton Albion 0 Chester City 1
Altrincham 3 Cammell Laird 2
Macclesfield Town 1 Hyde United 2
Woodley Sports 2 Vauxhall Motors 4
Nantwich Town 0 Stalybridge Celtic 4
Northwich Victoria 3 Crewe Alexandra 5
Warrington Town 3 Tranmere Rovers 3*
*Tranmere won 6-5 on penalties.
THREE MATCH BAN FOR BELLE
The FA website confirms that following
his straight red card at Scunthorpe United, Marvin Cortez
Belle has been suspended from all football until the Club
have completed 3 FIRST TEAM matches for a Sending Off
in a match played on 11/09/2004. Start date: 11/09/2004.
CITY TOPPLE LEADERS
superb first half performance at Glanford Park laid the
foundation for City’s second win in a week that
lifts them from the foot of League Two.
Goals by Kevin Ellison (left) and
Phil Bolland gave City a two-goal half-time lead,
and in truth, they could have doubled that advantage
with Cortez Belle guilty of missing two clear chances.
After the break Ben Davies hit the bar before the
expected pressure from the league leaders arrived.
Butler headed home for The Iron and minutes later
Belle was given a straight red card after referee
Webster adjudged that he’d made contact with
his arm on ex-City player Andy Crosby. The Blues
held out for a last agonising nine minutes and
an extra five minutes added-on time to record their
first away victory of the season.
Yesterday’s victory was
also achieved without two regulars in Kevin McIntyre
who has an eye infection and Michael Branch who has
a hamstring strain. Darryn
Stamp started on the bench and replaced Kevin Rapley
for the last two minutes.
With Belle now looking
at a possible three match ban, Stamp may well start
Saturday’s home game against Cambridge United.
CHESHIRE SENIOR CUP
City send a side to Witton
Albion tonight for a first round game in the Cheshire
Senior Cup. The Blues last won the competition back in
1931/32. Kick-off is 19:45hrs.
ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Darryn Stamp (left) started
back on his road to recovery after picking up an
achilles injury in the pre-season game
Cardiff City in mid-July and played for the full 90 minutes
of City’s reserve game on Wednesday.
Manager Ian Rush said: “Darryn’s return has
given everybody at the club a massive boost – it’s
nice to see him back. He’s worked hard to get himself
back into a competitive game and he played this afternoon
with Richard Hope who also needs games. It’s
always a headache for any manager when players are
with injuries, but to have players like Darryn Stamp
and Richard Hope available in my squad will be a
for everyone at the club, including my assistant
Mark Aizlewood and me.”
Stamp may be in line for a
surprise recall tomorrow at one of his former clubs
Scunthorpe United though Monday’s
Cheshire Cup game at Witton Albion may well be the
striker's next outing. Manager Ian Rush looks set
an unchanged side for tomorrow's clash at Glanford
The Iron are unbeaten this
season and their manager Brian Laws has backed
his opposite number
tomorrow. He told the BBC: “He (Rush) is getting
his hands dirty and that is I believe the only way
should start," Laws told BBC Sport. The grounding
it gives you, learning in the lower divisions, is
tremendous and you have to muck
in. When Ian played his game plan was based
on hard work and he will bring that to Chester.
I believe he will instill that into his players.”
The club have created a new post of Football Liaison Officer and appointed Mark
McMillan to it. The role is to act as a bridge between the players and the board.
9 September 2004
RAPLEY ON THE MARK
City’s Reserve side beat
Burnley Reserves 1-0 at Deva Stadium this afternoon
to record their first win in the Pontins Holiday
League Division One West, Kevin Rapley scored the
THAT’S MORE LIKE IT!
Ian Rush took his place in the Deva Stadium dug-out for the first time
Saturday and, with assistant manager Mark Aizlewood, saw City defeat Cheshire
neighbours Macclesfield Town by a single goal to register their victory of
the 2004/05 campaign.
minutes into added-on time when the defender’s header from Kevin Ellison’s
adjudged, by the assistant referee,
the goal line to give City the three points.
Rush had the players in for extra
training last week following their poor start to the
campaign, and it showed. Right from the start City
displayed an urgency and passion that
until now. The team reverted to a flat back four and
Paul Carden returned to captain the side from midfield.
Darren Edmondson, with over 400 league games under
his belt, replaced young defender Stephen Vaughan,
and with Ben Davies retained in midfield alongside
Drummond the side had a lot more shape to it.
After the win Rush said: “The
extra training isn’t
as bad as it sounds. Besides the obvious fitness training,
been working on the fundamentals of the side like passing
and keeping our shape. Macclesfield are always a tough
side to play against, but it’s
good to see all the hard work we’ve
been putting in paying off. There’s
a long way to go and I know there’s
still a lot of hard work to be done.”
He added: “I couldn’t
have asked anything more. It was good that the crowd
For me this
is really my first game as I’ve had five sessions
with them and we’ve had to get them organised
as maybe they
weren’t organised before.”
Despite the victory, City still
remain bottom of League Two, and will face a tough challenge
in their next game
on Saturday when they visit League leaders Scunthorpe
YOUTH TEAM SHOW THE WAY
City’s youth team picked up their first win of the
season as well on Saturday. They won 1-0 at Chesterfield
earlier in the day in the Youth Alliance North Central
Conference, Shaun Whalley scoring the goal.
Fixtures | Table
Chester will play their first round Cheshire Cup match at Witton Albion next
Monday 13 September, kick-off is 19:45hrs.
RUSH LOOKING FOR DERBY BOOST
entertain Cheshire neighbours Macclesfield Town at
Deva Stadium tomorrow
for Ian Rush’s first home game in charge of the side. Team selection
remains uncertain with Paul Carden, Richard Hope and Chris MacKenzine all given
out, and performing well, in the reserves during midweek and may feature tomorrow. “The
weekend game against Macclesfield is going to be a big match for us. We need
At the moment we have a hill to climb, but if we don’t start winning soon it
will become a mountain.” said Rush, looking forward to tomorrow’s
The Silkmen have started the season
well with just one defeat, at Southend United 2-1 last Saturday. They lie in
sixth spot with four victories from six games and are expected to field Jassim
Fayadh who could become the first Iraqi to play English League Football. Goalkeeper
Alan Fettis may miss the game after suffering a cut knee at Roots Hall, defender’s
Stephen Payne and Matthew Carragher are also doubtful.
from Andy Harris (left) and
Kevin Rapley earned Chester Reserves a 2-2 draw
at Stockport County last night. City came from
a goal down to take the lead but were denied the
a last minute equaliser from County’s Adam Le
Fondre. Harris equalised for City on the half-hour
with a direct free-kick and Rapley gave City the
lead on the hour mark.
Ian Rush used the game to take a look at his squad.
He said: “I’m currently looking at all
players in my squad and I’ve got no plans at
the moment to bring in anyone on loan. I’ll be
looking at the reserves’ match tonight and I’ll
be hoping to name four or five first team players in
their line-up. Richard Hope is one player I’m
looking forward to seeing in action for the reserves
and I’m planning to see us get on with what we’ve
got in the squad. Both Darryn Stamp and Andy Watson
are both still away at Lilleshall receiving treatment
for injuries and I’m still waiting for them
to get back.
The reserve side last night
was: – MacKenzie,
Edmondson, Wade, Ventre (Walsh), Hope, Harris (Salkeld),
Rutherford, Carden, Rapley (Lynch), McCoy, Booth.
CLUBS ANGER AT LAWRENSON REMARKS
The manager and club have reacted angrily
to Mark Lawrenson’s comments on BBC Football
Focus last Saturday afternoon when he laughed off Ian
appointment to the manager’s role at Chester.
said: “I have to say, the comments made be
my ex-Liverpool team-mate Mark Lawrenson on TV last
disappointed me. Mark seemed to mock my appointment.
He suggested I wasn’t management material.
Perhaps Mark has forgotten all the hard work I’ve
for the last five years. Maybe he thinks it’s
helpful to suggest the image of Ian Rush the player,
I admit never thought of
becoming a manager, is still the same person I am
today. If Mark spoke to me now, I’m sure I
could give him
more realistic impression of my coaching qualities.
What he said was an insult not only to me, but to
those running Chester who I know interviewed many
candidates before they appointed me. Does he not
think they closely examined the credentials of everyone
wanted the job? If Mark doesn’t think I’ve
earned this chance, I’d like to hear why.”
Steve Vaughan wasn’t
too impressed with the comments either. He said:
“I find the remarks and the attitude of Lawrenson
quite offensive. How on earth can a failed football
like Mark Lawrenson sit in judgment on somebody who
embarking on his managerial career? I interviewed
a number of well respected managers, and Ian was given
ahead of them because of the ideas he had, so in a
way, Lawrenson’s comments were critical of my
decision and that’s
to the stats on soccerbase.com Lawrenson’s
managerial record reads:
Of course this isn’t the first
upset the club. Back in
November 1998 as supporters were rallying round
to save their club whilst in Administration, organising
bucket collections at matches, trips to lobby Parliament
etc Lawrenson used his role on the same
proclaim that the Football League wouldn’t really
miss Chester as “well,
it’s not a football city.”